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Re: “Charleston City Council gives initial approval to apartment moratorium on James Island

jmm619

Or buy the South State Bank parcel and realign Maybank so that it makes more sense.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 11, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

How about pay-per-use? If I only drive from my home to the office and a few local shops each day, why should buying gas here pay for local Upstate legislators' highways to nowhere?

What if the longer interstates had tolls? They wouldn't make sense for a small roadway like 526, but maybe for I-26, 85, 95, 20, 77..? If I have to drive to Columbia, I'd rather pay a one-time $5 toll than spread it out among gas tank refills for local or other area use.

How about rest stops? They keep closing the outdated sketchy ones throughout the state to save money. What if we privatized them and charged gas station operators and restaurants to lease them? Couldn't that revenue be used to fund roadway maintenance?

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Posted by Navigator on May 11, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

Then it's a good thing none of you work in the education system today. Further complicating the issue is that districts will waive excessive absences in a quest to keep graduation rates always climbing. Imagine how much more poorly a frequently absent student will do on a standardized test. Now imagine that student knows all he/she has to do is sit in a chair after school for a few hours to make up more than 30 absences in just one subject. Now put your mortgage and kid's college tuition in that kid's hand and you begin, just begin to know what we deal with. We've been reduced to nothing. Responsible for it all. Accountable for all. But not in charge of a damn bit of it.

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Posted by I'm a Teacher on May 11, 2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Stegelin: What's covered?

Its okay Stegelin, erectile issues may be covered, but the prescription pills will still cost you $300 a month so you cannot afford them on top of your insurance premiums, up front co-pays, and other costs. Just tape a tongue depressor to the bottom of it and hope for the best.

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Posted by Jshicke on May 11, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “S.C. General Assembly overrides governor’s veto on gas-tax increase

While I do not object to a gas tax increase, we are nearly DOUBLING the gas tax in this state. That, to me, seems excessive!

Further, what guarantee do we have that while we increase road maintenance revenue by $600 million, that this increase will actually go to the roads, or will they simply shuffle other funds that used to go to help the roads, off to some other pet projects?

Will more of this money continue to go to the department of Agriculture like it does today? Will more of this money continue to go to the Department of natural resources water vehicle fund? Will even more money now go to all the other departments having nothing to do with road maintenance, just as it does today? They are allocated money as a percentage of the gas tax revenues. If we increase revenue, all these other programs BY LAW will now also get more money. Nothing changed in this respect, and it was never even discussed. Just wring more money from the tourists and residents, they all have deep pockets.

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Posted by Jshicke on May 11, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Making a case for a downtown movie theater

I have not and will never watch a movie on my iPad, laptop or phone.

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Posted by Mary Lou Scott on May 11, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

I drove across NY state from the city to Buffalo last year and stopped in eight different towns. The condition of the highways, roads, signage, and drainage was vastly better than South Carolina's.

I appreciate peoples' skepticism of our state government. As someone who used to live off Clements Ferry and paid 10 years of focused sales-tax increase for the improvement of that road only to see it never happen, I feel you. The State DOT drags its feet like a harbor dredge.

However we are paying the cost of these roadways' poor condition in vehicle repair, gas&time spent in traffic, and the increased cost of goods and services because of impacts on shipping and hauling. The state now has a plan in place to fund road improvements; let's hold our reps' feet to the fire to make sure they follow through.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 11, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Charleston City Council gives initial approval to apartment moratorium on James Island

Until then perhaps the lights on Maybank near Folly can be timed to make sense

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Posted by jmm619 on May 11, 2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

The above comments are spot-on regarding misallocations, but that is what happens when government can't be properly funded to provide the services it needs to provide: money constantly get reallocated to other areas where it should not be in order to keep trying to patch holes (literally and figuratively).

Hyper-partisan politics have left us with a state and a nation that funds itself like a person trying to use band-aids for a severed limb. It's not a coincidence these issues are more manifest in areas that pride themselves on low taxes. People want all of the benefits of a properly functioning society but don't want to face facts on what it takes to make that a reality.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 11, 2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “South Carolina and the compulsion to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day

If you haven't read the Cornerstone Speech by the vice president of the Confederacy, you should take a look. He explains his thoughts and reasons on the war, secession, and slavery. You won't be surprised.

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Posted by wolverine on May 11, 2017 at 9:02 AM
Posted by tupper29406 on May 11, 2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Charleston City Council gives initial approval to apartment moratorium on James Island

This "out-of-hands" frenzy (Real Estate) has "all" the landowners on James Island,"to put it mildly",dame mad. The people have spoken Mr. Mayor"s".


"STOP"

Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 11, 2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “S.C. General Assembly overrides governor’s veto on gas-tax increase

Well I guess being Governor doesn't mean "Rat Poop".

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 11, 2017 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Human remains discovered in marsh behind The Citadel

Foot Loose & Fancy Free!!!!!!

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 11, 2017 at 7:30 AM
Posted by njs7227 on May 10, 2017 at 6:57 PM

Re: “The Top 10 versions of Gershwin's 'Summertime'

Whitney Houston did a brilliant live version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8sKnX9e69E

Posted by Dutchmusicfan1992 on May 10, 2017 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Making a case for a downtown movie theater

I felt the same way. This particular theater is why I fell in love with Charleston in the first place during military leave and why I decided to relocate after service. Cinebarre is nice but this to me was nicer because of it's nostalgia. I too was wondering it's cost to reopen.

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Posted by Alicia Wright-Philpott on May 10, 2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “How to wake up a snoring passenger without making things weird, and other lessons from a young, female Uber driver

To all: No one should be discouraged by Enid's lack of appreciation for G rated and probably meaningless after-the-ride compliments...hooking up with an Uber driver (who exhibits any level of hotness) is completely possible and all viable efforts should be explored barring any obvious red flags such as a filthy car, excessive makeup, glitter or the presence of a vaper; but even then consider they don't know your real name or apartment number

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Posted by Nikki 1 on May 10, 2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Letting Ourselves Down

Isn't anyone sick of drunk dick wagging,(past their prime) losers. Oh yeah they have money, old money is tired and boring. The information age has made just about everything more interesting.

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Posted by Matthew Strom on May 10, 2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

I don't like the train of thought. Just my opinion. Look at New York. Some of the highest gas taxes in the country. And some of the worst roads. TAXES TAXES TAXES...not the answer. Do you really trust the bureaucracy of Columbia and special interest groups to spend your money wisely? This gas tax bill is loaded with pork. The existing gas tax money is NOT being spent on roads. It is crazy for anyone to think raising the tax and trusting government to spend the money on roads is going to happen. Again, my opinion, but also factual in that is what is currently happening. It's ludicrous to think there will be different results this time around.

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on May 10, 2017 at 3:07 PM
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